Mitt Romney Is An Idiot: A Response to His Washington Post Op-Ed on New START

Tuesday, July 6th, Americans nursing Independence Day hangovers will wake up to find in their morning paper a second reason to start the day with a headache: an outrageously stupid op-ed by Mitt Romney in the Washington Post. Mr. Romney’s article is about the New START Treaty, what he calls President Obama’s “worst foreign-policy mistake …

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The Chickens Come Home to Roost: the Russia-Iran Concessions

Late last week, the media reported two instances of what are being called American “concessions” and “appeasement” to Russia over the Iran issue. The media has a reasonable case. Here’s what the Obama administration did: Ended sanctions against four Russian arms dealers involved in weapons trade with Iran and Syria: Rosoboronexport (the state arms exporter), …

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Why 'New START' is Lose-Lose for Neocons

I feel duty-bound to dedicate at least one real post to the ‘New START’ treaty, signed this month in Prague. This blog, after all, is called “A Good Treaty,” so it seems a little silly not to comment on the most important U.S.-Russian bilateral agreement in more than a decade. In the words of Hans …

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David Hoffman to Obama: Tear Down This Nuclear Arms Race!

A couple of days ago, Foreign Policy Magazine published a new article by David Hoffman, author of The Oligarchs and, more recently, The Dead Hand, a book about, in Hoffman’s own words, the history of “the end of the Cold War arms race.” Don’t get too excited, though, about the words “the end.” Four paragraphs …

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Catastrophe From the East

Last week, Romanian President Traiain Basescu announced that Romania will host U.S. Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) tactical interceptors, which should become operational by 2015. Two weeks before that, the U.S. agreed to deploy patriot missiles to Poland and place SM-3s on ships in the Black Sea. In response to the hubbub kicked up as a result, …

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